How to Update Amazon Fire Stick

When it comes to streaming your popular television shows and movies, but you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a cable box, then the Amazon Fire Stick is a really great mid-budget alternative.

You’re able to link your account to the Amazon Fire Stick and have access to the library of media you own. However, there is a number of individuals out there that would prefer to use the technology itself–the capabilities it has–and use it as a streaming device for their own, without registering an Amazon account. Can it be done? You’ll find out here.

Buy the Amazon Stick Elsewhere

When you buy an Amazon Fire Stick directly from Amazon, unfortunately, it comes at the cost of the Amazon Fire Stick already associated with your account; Amazon knows you have one know now.

For those in the business of keeping your personal information, well, personal – seek out an Amazon Fire Stick from another source. You find plenty of people looking to sell their Amazon Fire Stick on sites like eBay, Craigslist and other legitimate e-trading websites, even Facebook’s marketplace might have a few floating around.

Two Methods to Consider

First off, you need to register an account to the Amazon Fire Stick. Of course, it’s understood you’re looking to bypass this option, and it just so happens there’s two avenues to take, one slightly better than the other:

  1. You can register your own account to the Amazon Fire Stick, just to simply access its features, and then de-register the account after you’ve made the Amazon Fire Stick into the device you want.
  2. Or, alternatively, and arguably better, create a throwaway account for the sake of accessing the Amazon Fire Stick.

Clearly, the second one is probably the best method. Experts in anonymity will tell you that the kind of brief connection present in the first method is a trail that can lead to you.

Method 1: Registering Your Account

1. Plug the power cable into your Amazon Fire Stick device and the power cable into a nearby outlet. Make sure you have plenty of room for your Amazon Fire Stick to reach your television.

2. Take the Amazon Fire Stick and insert it into an available HDMI port located on your television. Remember the number of the HDMI slot; it’s important for the next step.

3. Now, change your television’s source to an HDMI source, the source that matches the slot you plugged the Amazon Fire Stick into.

4. Place batteries into your Amazon Remote. When the remote is turned on, it will automatically pair to your Amazon Fire Stick. Press the Home button for 10 seconds if you happen to run into any pairing issues.

5. Press the Home button on your remote, again, after the pairing has been successful.

6. On the home screen, move to Settings with the use of the directional pad. Select Settings > and then Network.

7. When prompted, choose your network connection and punch in the password. When done correctly, your Amazon Fire Stick will now be connected to your network connection.

8. Press the Home button again and then Settings, again. Afterwards, choose My Account.

9. In My Account, choose Register. Punch in your account information. It will automatically start the process of registering the Amazon Fire Stick to your account.

10. With your account registered, you can now move to install something like Kodi, an app that can management your own content through the Amazon Fire Stick, completely free of Amazon’s grasping fingers. Go back to the main menu and select Settings again.

11. In Settings, you want to highlight Device and select it. Afterwards, choose Developer Options from your Device menu.

12. Since Kodi is a third-party app, it can’t be downloaded unless you allow the installation of apps from unknown sources. Highlight Apps from Unknown Sources and turn it ON.

13. With Unknown Sources active, you can head over to the Amazon Appstore and install the Downloader app. With it, you can link Kodi’s own website to the Downloader app.

14. When presented with a choice to choose which operating system to download Kodi for, choose Android. The Amazon Fire Stick is Android-based. Afterwards, Install.

15. Now that Kodi is installed, you can de-register your account. Head back to the main menu. One last time, choose Settings.

16. In Settings, choose My Account and then choose Amazon Account.

17. Finally, de-register your Amazon account from your Amazon Fire Stick device.

Method 2: Use a Throwaway Account

For the average user, this method may seem like a hassle. You have to understand, some individuals just don’t want their data collected all the time like many companies and internet service providers do.

1. First, buy yourself a prepaid Visa credit card. Some Visa gift cards have been known to work, but some do not, specifically ones with a CVV code. Stick to Visa credit cards to avoid that issue.

2. Register an Amazon account, a throwaway account.

3. Link your prepaid Visa credit card to your throwaway account as the account’s payment method.

4. Follow Steps 1 through 9 under the section “Method 1: Registering Your Account.”

The other problem is this method ends up costing you a little more, specifically the extra fee of buying a prepaid Visa credit card. With that being said, you are free to do anything you want to with the Amazon Fire Stick. If you would like to install a media app like, say, Kodi, follow the section above for details.

Bottom Line

Since the Amazon Fire Stick is Android-based, you should focus on finding apps that are Android-based as well. Kodi isn’t the only media player app that can be installed.

However, as a fair warning, illegally streaming is piracy. Consider the risks of any and all third-party app, even Kodi. Speaking of Kodi, it doesn’t offer any media to stream. Kodi is only a platform that can play your own media. It does not illegally stream content from any databases because it doesn’t have one.